BIAS Peak Pro
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BIAS Peak Pro, the world's most popular stereo audio editing, processing, and mastering application for the Mac is now better than ever.

From serious sound design for film, video, or multimedia, to rapid-fire broadcast editing, to music production limited only by your imagination, Peak 4 does it better than anything else. Create unique dance loops and remixes. Optimize audio for Internet streaming. Dust off that pile of vinyl records and convert them to CDs, ultra-portable AAC (MP4) or MP3 files, or to just about any audio file format on Earth. Craft soundtracks or fix audio
What's New
Version 6.2.0:
  • Fixed a problem where exporting Regions to a document with more than 32 characters in the region name resulted in character truncation.
  • Fixed a problem where importing a dual mono 8 bit file resulted in a file with corrupt audio.
  • Fixed a problem where bouncing a Playlist to a file with name longer than 32 characters caused an error.
  • Many more enhancements.
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • G4 or better.
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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BIAS Peak Pro User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Stefano Cecere reviewed on 18 Feb 2014
i just migrated form my old Bias Peak license to DSP-Quattro (they have a very nice crossgrade price)
[Version 6.2.0]


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Penguirl commented on 13 Jun 2012
Just read on BIAS' site that they have ceased operations, so sad.
[Version 6.2.0]

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MacUpdate-Warren replied on 13 Jun 2012
Thanks for letting us know. Where on the site did you spot that information?
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Penguirl replied on 13 Jun 2012
At the top level of their domain:

http://www.bias-inc.com/
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Aargl replied on 11 Jul 2013
What I don't get is why they keep the site on "authorizing and de-authorizing" as mentioned on that page: if they don't want to make money out of it, why don't they simply make a last free version?
It was a great product but certainly way overpriced as many have mentioned... :-)
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mswfujowdffyc commented on 17 Jul 2008
I guess they'll keep trying to polish this turd as long as people keep shelling out for it.

Yes, BIAS Peak does stuff other sound editing apps don't do, but its interface is doo-doo. I have found other ways of getting my audio editing done.

Goodbye, BIAS Peak. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
[Version 6.0.3]


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cos commented on 01 Nov 2006
Peak 5.2 is very-very buggy on my MacBook. Markers disappear when highlighting a section in reverse order, saving doesn't work if you open the file in column view, but worst of all - it quits randomly, and unexpectedly for no apparent reason. I have no plug-ins other then what came with it, I'm not even using those, just adding markers in a stereo document, and it crashes. I give up on using Peak 5.2.x Peak 4.x always worked great, but this new version is apparently a rushed to market beta version of the application.

This is the worst thing Bias has ever put out. Maybe eventually after we test it for them, they will release a stable professional application. I work in ProTools and the difference is night and day. That app works perfect, no anomilies, never ever crashes.
[Version 5.2]


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Bias, Inc. (developer) commented on 01 Jul 2006
While Peak Pro 5 required an included USB key in order to operate, version 5.2 now utilizes a non-hardware based method of copy protection, offering greater flexibility for customers interested in retaining the use of their USB ports for other peripherals. For Peak Pro 5 customers who prefer the USB key, version 5.2 retains this compatibility. Although Peak Pro 5.2 no longer requires or includes a USB key, customers may order it on request from BIAS should they desire a hardware alternative to the new software based authorization system.
[Version 5.2]


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tjreck reviewed on 23 Jun 2006
The GUI has always bothered me; very unmac-like.

The fact that it requires a dongle makes this an unacceptable choice.
[Version 5.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 31 Aug 2005
For years it has suffered from bad GUI design, a clunky interface in otherwords. Still leaves all sorts of garbage behind on your drive, "peakSave.temp" and afm.temp" files chewing up disk space for you. Even though you saved a file it will still ask if you want to save the file before closing. One of the stupidest applications around. It will not let you work on one channel of "dual mono" files, nor extract the channel you want. Dual mono files are used in film production.
[Version 4.14]


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Anonymous reviewed on 23 Aug 2005
Don't fall for the upgrade to Version 5!
1) It requires a dongle!
2) the Free Soap 2 offer is only for full retail purchase. Here is how I know...
I was approached with the pre-order offer and did so... The offer stated siply "Pre-order Peak Pro 5 now, get a free SoundSoap (a $99 value)". Well it's only true if you pay full retail! I don't see where it says upgrades excluded. In fact it says nothing until you eMail Sales inquiring about the absence of the free Soap 2. They will reply "The free SoundSoap 2 product is included for indivdiduals that purchased Peak 4.1 outright rather
than as an upgrade." (I assume they meant 5 not 4.1.)

SO DON"T GET ENTICED BY THEIR BAIT-AND-SWITCH TACTICS. It's a scam for upgraders.

I recommend checking out Wave Editor http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/
[Version 4.14]

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Joe_g replied on 26 Aug 2005
I wrote the topic post and also posted it in the BIAS forum. It did not last long in the forum but did get their attention. I explained my reasons for the claim and they understood. They continued to insist I was not eligible for the Soap 2 promo because they state the qualifications in the press release. I stated the pre-order emial offer took me directly to the product page and a pre-order button. I never was directed to nor did I read the press release. Long story short - upgraders who purchased Peak 4 BEFORE April 2005 don't get the freebie Soap 2.

They did eventually agree to compensate me to keep me as a customer - rather than refund my total purchase price.
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Anonymous reviewed on 01 Jun 2005
it crashes nearly after all edit steps G4 mac OSX 10.3.9
had to go back to vers.4.1.3
[Version 4.14]

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cos replied on 01 Nov 2006
absolutely correct. Peak 5.2 is a waste of money DO NOT BUY IT! Unless you like losing your work...
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Anonymous reviewed on 01 Jun 2005
(This is more like a comparison, than it is a review, between Peak, DSP Quattro and Apple Soundtrack.)

I bought DSP Quattro instead of Peak. DSP Quattro is better in most respects, plus it's capability of looping even the tiniest chunks of audio is outstanding. If the choice stands between Peak and DSP Quattro, I would definitely go for DSP Quattro instead. But there are two major drawbacks with DSP Q. The first one is that, whenever you start a new sound file, selecting 'New', you're forced to first name and save an empty file on the harddrive. That's bad, and it makes you ending up with lots of unneeded files. Especially when you're just going to fiddle around, testing some things out, without even planning to save it. Secondly, DSP Quattro has got some very uncomfortable editing schemes. For instance, you're copying some part of the audio by using Command-C, BUT (!) when trying to paste it in somewhere else by using the standard Command-V combination, it won't be pasted where you want it; it's actually pasted at the very beginning of the sound... So, DSP Quattro is awesome, but still lacks in these two respects. Peak is good, but I've heard of too many users experiencing that it crashes, for me to dare spending my money on it.

That's my take on the comparisons between Peak and DSP Quattro.

BUT!

If i hadn't already bought DSP Quattro, I wouldn't hesitate a second, buying what I believe is far better than both Peak & DSP Quattro alltogether, namely Apple's Sountrack !!!

Soundtrack is VERY cheap in relation to what you'll get. Man, I'm impressed. :) For $299 you'll get, among many great things, a MULTI track audio editor! You'll get a huge sound library! You'll get an application that is made by the masters themselves, when it comes to robust software and ingenious user interfaces. I will definitely start collecting money to buy it as soon as I can.

http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/soundtrackpro/
[Version 4.14]

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Anonymous commented on 01 Jun 2005
Actually, for $699, and you have FCP, you can get Soundtrack, Motion, DVD Studio and FCP as an update.
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apfelz had trouble on 09 May 2008
just trashed all my BIAS apps…

They treat and punish customers like criminals and call this company policy:

"Dear Customer - of course we will take your money (lots of money)- but in our eyes you are potential criminal and you first have to proof the opposite…"

NO THANKS!
There are other great software companies and developers with a different policy and I'll be glad to give them my money!
[Version 6.0.1]



SoundMaven9450 rated on 18 Mar 2013

[Version 6.2.0]


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Version Downloads:8,542
Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Demo
Date:25 Feb 2010
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $599.00
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BIAS Peak Pro, the world's most popular stereo audio editing, processing, and mastering application for the Mac is now better than ever.

From serious sound design for film, video, or multimedia, to rapid-fire broadcast editing, to music production limited only by your imagination, Peak 4 does it better than anything else. Create unique dance loops and remixes. Optimize audio for Internet streaming. Dust off that pile of vinyl records and convert them to CDs, ultra-portable AAC (MP4) or MP3 files, or to just about any audio file format on Earth. Craft soundtracks or fix audio problems for digital video. Maximize your music's sonic quality and then burn your own replication-ready audio CDs.

All that's just the tip of the iceberg. Dig in and hear for yourself exactly what Peak 4 can do for you. It just might explain why more music and audio professionals depend upon BIAS Peak than any other competing product.


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